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CHICAGO -- A three-alarm fire gutted much of an 92-year-old church in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood.

The fire broke out before 6 a.m. Wednesday at Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, at 6415 South Woodlawn Avenue.

The church recently underwent a major renovation, including roof repair; but the fire left the roof collapsed. A women's and children's shelter next to the church had to be evacuated.

Workers had been renovating the interior of the church, including electrical and ventilation upgrades. It's not clear whether that work was connected to the fire.

No injuries have been reported; and investigators say the fire appears to have been accidental.

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